Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 6/16/2016 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 6/16/2016

Posted by Ross K Foad Thursday, June 16, 2016
Welcome to another edition of Cheap Pop and Cheap Heat from Smark Out Moment! Each week, we break down the world of professional wrestling and examine two of the polar opposite ends of the spectrum: one thing that was by far the worst thing (Cheap Heat) and the best thing (Cheap Pop) to happen over the past 7 days in sports entertainment. So, what went down this week that we loved and hated about the business?

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CHEAP POP OF THE WEEK:
BIG RED RETURN

This past week saw the return of The Devil's Favorite (desk) Demon as he attempted to regain an onscreen power role. Despite naysayers online calling for his retirement, the live crowd at Raw popped loud and proud for Kane in an amusing segment that included jokey references to his multilayered backstory as well as a hilarious moment where he produced a letter of recommendation from The Undertaker!

I loved Corporate Kane's shtick in The Authority. This man is still a solid worker, and has a brilliant self-deprecating sense of humor that few can match up to. So, will Kane become a right hand man to Shane* or Stephanie again? Hard to say at this stage, but I am certainly not going to object if he does!

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*Kane was part of The Corporation in 1999 alongside Shane.

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
BOW TO A MUSIC MASTER

Chris Warren, singer of the D-Generation X theme song, has died at just 49-years old. The DX theme song was one of those iconic songs that helped to define the Attitude Era, and one of the earliest songs that spoke to me. In addition, Chris would also provide the vocals for the excellent My Time which helped usher in Triple H's "The Game" persona.

I must have first heard the DX theme aged 10, and can remember it stirred a feeling inside me that I had never felt about music before. Sure, I might have liked a tune or melody here or there, but I never felt or understood the power that lyrical music could have till this. The handful of times Chris and the band played live on WWE events are also fond memories of mine (even if WWE don't want you to remember their WrestleMania 14 appearance singing the national anthem.)

Edgy, in your face, rebellious, cool, and an amazing guitar track, the DX song is one of the best songs in wrestling history, and summed up the group's attitude and antics perfectly.

Chris Warren. Thank you. I am sure I am not alone in my attachments to this song, and anyone who grew up with the Attitude Era will feel the same way. This song would not have been the same without your brilliant vocals.

Rest in Peace Chris Warren.


EXTRA HEAT: One Becomes Two?

Rumors have been floating around the net that WWE intend to do two pay-per-views a month after the brand split. No official word from WWE yet, but I hope not.

NXT operates on a "less is more" basis, and is all the more successful for it. A bi-weekly pay-per-view would lessen the special anticipation of these events, not to mention being a bit of an ask to expect of even the most ardent WWE fans time wise. DON'T DO IT PLEASE!

So there you have it, my two choices for the week. What do YOU think are the Cheap Pop and Cheap Heat this week in professional wrestling? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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THIS POST WAS WRITTEN BY ROSS K. FOAD

Ross K Foad is a writer, actor, YouTuber and founder of the Sherlock Holmes website No Place Like Holmes. He has been a published writer since age 13 with a comic strip in a regional newspaper and a wrestling fan since the Rock 'n' Wrestling era. You can follow him on Twitter

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